May 1st City Council Meeting (Tonight!)

It’s going to be a busy May 1st, 2012 City Council meeting with eleven items on the agenda. I will try to highlight the more important ones. Not that every item there isn’t important. I mean, it’s just that some items are more important than others. You know? Although, who am I to decide which items are more important? To some of you, the waiving of off-street parking might be the most important thing since the invention of sliced bread. It might be, but not in my book of important things. That’s not to say I don’t care about the parking issue as a whole. I mean, I do. I like to park. Finding a spot is kind of frustrating. Maybe I don’t like to park.. But the reality is, us folks in Long Beach only really care about one thing and that’s money. Money is what makes the world go around. Money is the reason why we all hate each other. Money buys power. Heck, If I had a trillion dollars, I would buy each and every one of you; force you all to pull out every single nail on the boardwalk and then hammer them back in with your bare hands. Why? because of

oh.. what was this post about again?

Forget about highlighting the important stuff. I’m too lazy. I want to hear what you all have to say. So tell me citizens of Long Beach, what major items on the agenda floats your boat? We have beach season hours, beach pass prices, various off-street parking waivers, the purchase of various equipment, the purchase of sweatpants, stuff about the budget and something about amending a local property tax law. That last one sounds important. Let’s focus on that one.

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View May 1st, 2012 : Agenda for May 1, 2012

1. Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach
Re: Ocean Beach Park.
Legislative Memo: Amending the Code as to season admission charges for families, non-resident individuals, as well as the cost of an economy beach pass, which had been increased last season but was never codified.

2. Resolution Granting Waiver of Off-Street Parking Requirements Re: Premises 252 East Park Avenue, (street floor), Long Beach, New York.
Re: Massage Therapy/Day Spa

3. Resolution Fixing and Providing for the 2012 Season of the Ocean Beach
Park.

4. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Recreation, Youth and Family Services and Lifeguard T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Jackets and Hats from the Lowest Responsible Bidders. Legislative Memo: This resolution gives the City the ability to purchase goods on an as needed basis in anticipation of the City’s various summer programs from numerous vendors who each have provided the lowest individual price to the City.

5. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Two New Lifepak 15 Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillators Under New York State Contract.  Legislative Memo: 90% of the cost is funded by FEMA through a Fire Act Grant Award, with the City paying 10% plus the cost of accessories.
6. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a Contract for the Purchase and Installation of a New Angle Flow Pump, Volute and  Base at the Water Pollution Control Plant from the Lowest Responsible Bidder.

7. Resolution Authorizing Publication of the General Summary of the Capital Improvement Program for the Next Five Years, and Notice of
Public Hearing Thereon.  Legislative Memo: Pursuant to Section 101-d of the City Charter, the City Council is required to publish a notice for a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Program before the adoption of the annual Budget.

8. Resolution Authorizing Publication of the General Summary of the Proposed Budget for Year July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, and Notice of Public Hearings Thereon. Legislative Memo: Pursuant to Section 101-a of the City Charter, the City Council is required to publish a notice for a public hearing on the annual Budget.

9. Resolution Authorizing Publication for Hearing of a Local Law Amending Subpart C of Related Acts Relating to the Charter of the City of Long Beach Re: A Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law § 3-c.
Legislative Memo: Due to the inherited deficit reduction surcharge, the City Council must communicate to the State of New York our intention to  pierce the tax levy limit.

10. Resolution Authorizing Publication of a Notice of Public Hearing of an Application to Waive the Off-Street Parking Requirements for Premises: 1030 West Beech Street (street floor), Long Beach, New York.  Re: Retail Pre-Packaged Gourmet Foods Store

11. Resolution Authorizing Publication of a Notice of Public Hearing of an Application to Waive the Off-Street Parking Requirements for Premises:  803 West Beech Street (street floor), Long Beach, New York. Re: Yoga Studio


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19 thoughts on “May 1st City Council Meeting (Tonight!)”

  1. Unfortunately I can’t make the meeting but I would like to address the conditions of the boardwalk and ramps. It’s disgusting how lazy the city workers are in getting the boardwalk fixed. Its wood and nails. Not rocket science. And It would be nice if the city had the brains to let the LBPD ride the segway scooters instead of a heavy truck or car which will destroy the boards. Oh and don’t get me started on the decal bike lanes. Who ever is barking out these orders needs a reality check. Enjoy the glorious day despite the rain:)

  2. All good issues. I believe ramp construction will happen soon enough (LINK). DecoBike stencils are kinda lame, but at least we didn’t have to pay for it. And I am right with you with getting the trucks off the boardwalk. The city should buy GEM cars.

  3. Item 9, far and away, is the most important agenda item tonight. It is the first step to increasing real property taxes to meet the (and help sustain) unsustainable cost structure of this City. The new administration has recognized our cost structure is unsustainable. And it is not just about a deficit from last year. The combination of headcount, contract mandated increases, benefits and pensions is beyond what one could get from taxes this year, next or the next, and so on. This affects renters too, not just homeowners.

    Agenda item 9 is the first step required to bust through the NYS 2% tax limit per year.

    And while taxes will be increasing, NONE of that money will go to improvements to the CIty. The City is physically falling apart, while the Council appears ready to be satisfied just meeting the compensation hole.

    The Council must be urged to stay within the 2% cap and be professional and adult about what needs to be done. It should invite the unions to be its partners in fixing the City cost structure for the long term benefit of all — or it must have the courage and conviction to make large headcount cuts, as a first step in erasing years of of using the employment rolls as a club — a City within a City — to benefit the few at the cost of the many. I do not begrudge the hardworking worker, but management that allowed this to get out of control. IT IS TIME FOR MANAGEMENT TO PUT A STOP TO IT.

  4. Absolutely. The city needs to make the hard but correct choice and do more with less. Taxes should not be raised in these difficult economic times. Payroll should be decreased by 15% !

  5. I was disappointed on how few people spoke on the budget issue at the meeting. There were some, but I am amazed at the things people will bring up even when they have a 20% tax increase staring them in the face. People should be very worried about this budget, because it just continues the spending problem.

  6. Neutron — I share your sentiments exactly. Given that I know a number of the folks who spoke, I’m confident, unfortunately, that a number of the bloggers here and on the Patch that understand this issue did not show up. As I’ve said on these blogs a number of times, you must show up at a meeting, not just complain on the Patch or this site.

    I have spoken to dozens of homeowners and they are outraged by this and sick and tired of it. They need to show up.

    On substance, the CC gets it. They know precisely what has to be done, it is a question of steadfstness in attaining the goal. They musy continue to be buttressed, buffetted and pressed to do what is mecessary. This is not a worker problem but a management problem. They need to manage. And the unions need to be smart as correcting the structural problem is in their long term interest as well.

  7. I agree in that I also believe the City Council knows what the problem is (excessive headcount) and the solution. They are faced with a difficult decision and there are no truly good choices for them from a political perspective…which often has little to do with rights vs. wrong. They can reduce headcount (probably need a 15% – 20% reduction to make it meaningful) and get the unions mad at them or they can increase our taxes 16.1% and get the residents mad at them.

    This is sort of like that line from the movie about the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. You either know that movie reference or you don’t. Is the City Council going to stick thousands and thousands of residents with a 16.1% tax increase to save several dozen jobs? At the current time it looks like the answer is yes. So it is up to us to continue to call the Council members and City Manager onto the carpet.

    One other place to make your displeasure known is in the voting booth on May 15. If you are fed up with the status quo in this city, vote no across the board and vote out incumbent candidates.

  8. Publius, I somewhat stopped posting my political opinions here and just post event info and press releases. I grew tired of all the politics in this town and I’m trying to keep this blog fun and constructive, not a soap box where people complain. If you guys have something to say, by all means express it.

    The ADs on the site of this blog barely pay for domain and hosting, so I do this all for free and it takes enough of my time already. Believe me, If i actually made some good money from it, I’d be at every single meeting giving you guys several posts day of good stuff.

  9. Anthony, were you responding to something in particular?

    You said “keep this blog fun and constructive, not a soap box where people complain. If you guys have something to say, by all means express it.” You sort of contradicted yourself there. Do you want political dialog here or not?

  10. Neutron, I was responding to Publius who mentioned bloggers. I was assuming he was talking about me.

    And by saying ““keep this blog fun and constructive, not a soap box where people complain. If you guys have something to say, by all means express it.

    I meant that I don’t wish to partake in that much political discussion myself, but if you guys want to, then feel free.

    UPDATE: ha, yeah I just re-read what I wrote. I don’t want to be on the soap box that much anymore, but you folks can as much as you want.

  11. Anthony — perhaps I’m using the wrong term. My comment about bloggers was NOT directed at you, but folks like me and Neutron who comment on the blog. What are we? “Commenters”? Blog Commenters”?

  12. I can understand the frustration that you and Publius share in hearing people’s anger but not seeing them at the City Council meeting. But I’ve come to realize that two things are in play: 1. public speaking is terrifying for 90% of adults and 2. many of the people in Long Beach simply believe that no matter what you do or say, nothing will change the situation.

  13. I am a constant “blogmenter” and I consider myself 1/2 decent at expressing my views from a keyboard,and yes public speaking can be terrifying, but we all need to talk it up with our neighbors and get everyone to express to the city council whether in letters or e mails our outrage and what we feel should be done.

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